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The Overland Trails and Western Migration

This guide concentrates on the history of western migration in North America with particular emphasis on the Overland Trails

Citing Records in the National Archives of the United States

Citing Records in the National Archives of the United States

General Information Leaflet, Number 17



Table of Contents

  • Introduction

  • Elements of Citations to Records of Federal Agencies

  • Guidelines for Citing Textual Records

  • Guidelines for Citing Microform Records

  • Guidelines for Citing Nontextual Records

  • Guidelines for Citing Electronic Records

  • Guidelines for Citing Records in Affiliated Archives

  • A Note on Citing Digitized Documents Available at NARA's World Wide Web Site

Citing Sources Found on the Web

Citing Web Sites

It is important to provide complete information about your primary or secondary source whether found in a printed source or online. The basic elements to include in a citation for a published print source are: author of the document, title of the document, title of the book if different from the document, name of editor or author of the book, place of publication, publisher, year, and page numbers. The basic elements to include in a citation for an online source are: author of the document, title of the document, title of the web site, author or producer of the web site, url, date (if given) and date accessed. Various style formats such as Chicago, MLA and APA put these elements in different order using different conventions. See the following web sites for further information and examples.

ALSO:

Citation Style Manuals Library Guide - ASU Library
This page that links to many of the most popular citation style formats

Assembling a List of Works Cited in Your Paper - Duke University Libraries
Includes examples for both the major formats of citable materials and the respective style manual citations.

For an automated service to help format your citations, try: Son of Citation Machine from the Landmark Project. It is very easy to use and accurate

Citing Primary Sources ( From Library of Congress).  Also from the Library of Congress: Citing Primary Sources: MLA 

Citing Records in the National Archives of the United States:  Citing Records in the National Archives of the United States: General Information Leaflet, Number 17Introduction; Elements of Citations to Records of Federal Agencies; Guidelines for Citing Textual Records; Guidelines for Citing Microform Records; Guidelines for Citing Nontextual Records; Guidelines for Citing Electronic Records; Guidelines for Citing Records in Affiliated Archives; A Note on Citing Digitized Documents Available at NARA's World Wide Web Site

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